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Southampton FC: Patriotism

Started on 28 November 2014 by Maximus
Latest Reply on 25 June 2015 by Feliks

Costa Rican star, Bryan Ruiz has sentenced England to an early exit

The Guardian Journalist: England is out of the World Cup tonight after Costa Rica defeated Italy 1-0 in the Arena Pernambuco courtesy of 44th minute header by Bryan Ruiz, marking the earliest exit from the World Cup in the country’s history. Survival is now mathematically impossible for the Three Loins after defeats to Italy and Uruguay, making the final group match against Costa Rica little more than a formality. It is believed several senior players are looking to leave Brazil early in the coming hours, and manager Roy Hodgson was not seen at the squads training camp the next morning. The English media has been quick to point fingers, suggesting both Roy Hodgson, as well as the player development system outlined by the FA as the major reason for the ‘disastrously early exit.’
Wayne Rooney's 75th minute goal wasn't enough to secure a point

The villain: Luis Suarez's contentious 85th minute goal was the final nail in England's coffin

The Daily Mail stated that ‘this is as good as it gets. This is what we must expect. This is who we are now. The smiling idiots just happy to be at the party.’ The Daily Telegraph suggested that ‘the national teams failure demands an apology to the fans from the FA, Roy Hodgson, and the players.’ The criticism in The Times was constructive though. They suggested that it is impossible to believe that the Costa Rican football system cannot be greater than ours, so this cannot be the problem. It stated that ‘the problem is not solved through money, state-of-the-art facilities, or by flooding the country with coaches, the problem is in our footballing philosophy. We were unable to conserve possession, this is the most deep-rooted source of our problem. Until those cultural problems are the solved, the country can kiss any hope of success goodbye.' There may be a glimmer of hope though, Southampton’s new English-or-bust policy should, at the very least reduce the of the Premier League paradox by allowing more English players first team football experience. However, only time will tell if this investment pays dividends, or, if we will be facing another group stage exit in 4 fours (assuming we qualify).
This is amazing. Really enjoying this. Please keep it up!
Some great updates here! I'm liking the lay-out too. Keep up the good work!
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@Feliks, @TaroMisaki, @Atreidas, @Josh_MU: Thank you! Will do! Plenty more to come including lots of arrivals and departures
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Fonte to Q.P.R
Big spending Q.P.R have bagged themselves a bargain

BT Sport Journalist: José Fonte has secured a 3 year deal with Queens Park Rangers for a fee of 1.2M pounds. Despite not being a big name at the club, Southampton will no doubt miss their experienced Portuguese centre back who managed to make the second most league appears for the club last season. With Q.P.R heavily linked with moves for free agent Rio Ferdinand and relegated Cardiff City centre back Steven Caulker, Fonte’s unexpected deal has thrown a spanner in the works in regards to those deals.
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Southampton Announce Two More Arrivals
Back to the Premiership: Spearing joins Southampton

talkSport Journalist: Former Liverpool and now Bolton midfielder Jay Spearing has joined Southampton for 3M pounds on a 3 year deal. Some eyebrows have been raised after the deal was announced on the club website, but manager Gareth Southgate has wasted no time heaping praise on the 25 year old:

Jay is going to be an essential player for us, especially during touch away matches . He’s the bulldog midfielder we need to fill in the space between the defenders and midfielders and break up play for a whole 90 minutes. His defensive characteristics, work rate, and approach to the game made him the top choice on my list of holding midfielders.” - Gareth Southgate
Poyet picks the Saint's over the Hammers

talkSport Journalist: Diego Poyet has also had the move south after agreeing a 4 year deal with the club for 2M pounds. Poyet was on the verge of signing with West Ham for the same fee, but Southampton are thought to have stolen the deal at the eleventh hour for the 19 year old. While both Spearing and Poyet naturally suit the holding midfield role, both offer two very different options to Gareth Southgate. As Southgate stated, Spearing offers good protection to the back four with the ability to break up play, whilst Poyet offers a more deep creative role, similar to what Leon Britton and Tom Huddlestone offer at their respective clubs.
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Saint’s Make Profit on Ramírez
From red to blue: Ramírez makes Everton switch

FourFourTwo Journalist: Uruguayan playmaker, Gastón Ramírez has joined Everton today for a fee of 13M pounds, signing a 4 year deal worth 46K per week. Ramírez never quite lived up to the hype around his 12M pound move to Southampton from Bologna two season ago. Having to contend with Steven Naismith and Ross Barkley at Everton, both of whom had an impressive 2013/14 season, Ramírez will likely need to fight for his place in the first XI. Ramírez is currently in Brazil, having come off the bench to provide the assist to Diego Godín against Italy to advance to the final 16 in Uruguay’s last match.
Great Story! Great graphics and concept, hopefully we´ll see England as a world cup winner in no time ;)

Another Deal Dead
One club man? Lallana has been at Southampton since he was 12

Sky Sports Journalist: Southampton F.C have turned down another huge transfer offer, this time for midfielder and captain, Adam Lallana. Liverpool have publically pursued the 26 year old since the close of the Premier League season, which yesterday resulted in a 25M offer to secure his services, as had been rumoured for months earlier. Southampton owner, Sir Richard Branson issued a statement about the rejected deal this morning:

"As I made clear on my 1st day in charge at Southampton, we’re building the best possible English squad of players we can. In my, the management, players, and fans opinion, that squad includes Adam Lallana. In fact, it sees him as the captain of the club for many years to come. Adam told me he wanted trophies, I told him he’s in the right place." - Sir Richard Branson
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New Ties

Club Website: We would like to announce a reshaping of our affiliated clubs as a result of the clubs new vision. The affiliates include local clubs to focus on developing young players for the first team, and distant clubs to increase our global brand. The clubs we are now linked with are:

Love the new updates. The new affiliations are awesome. Keep it up
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Ince Joins Southampton
Untouchable in the Championship: Ince needs time to grow into the Premier League

ESPN Journalist: Winger, Tom Ince has joined Southampton F.C on a free after leaving Blackpool. Continuing their trend this summer, Southampton managed to pick up the player under the noses of the clubs Ince was expected to go to. In this case, Ince was heavily linked to a move to Hull City, or making the move abroad to join a resurgent Inter Milan side. With the ability to operate on both touchlines, Ince’s versatility could see him secure a first XI place, with Southampton’s leading goal scorer of last season, Jay Rodriguez, still recovering from his ACL injury which is expected to keep him out until January.
Honestly, not sure on Spearing, especially for £3 mill, but hope he works out for you. This is a great concept :)
@Pepeu: Thank you. Fingers crossed. Although I think Spain, Brazil, France, and especially Germany will be hard to beat.

@ lmckimm17: Thank you! We’re going global now.

@RD17: I agree somewhat. But I think his defensive qualities can be useful in big matches. Not a lot of choices for DM’s unfortunately, fingers crossed for a good English DM coming through soon.
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Southampton Add Depth
The Journeyman: Will Caulker make Southampton his long-term home?

BT Sport Journalist: Southampton F.C have signed former Tottenham and Cardiff City centre back Steven Caulker for 8M pounds. It is believed Cardiff City had accepted bids from had Q.P.R and Southampton for Caulker, with Southampton eventually winning the battle for his signature after days of negotiations. Caulker is now the third central defender Southampton have signed his summer, following John Stones, and Joleon Lescott. At this stage, it is anyone’s guess which partnership Southgate will opt for in their first match of the season at home against Newcastle, with the decision most likely to be based on their pre-season performances.

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